Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Jeremy Kyle Show-Going to a live taping

'The Jeremy Kyle Show' has been on TV in the UK for 7 years and has recently arrived in New York.  It is a 'Jerry Springer' style show, with guests airing their problems in front of a live audience and the rest of the United States!  We always had a good giggle at the show in the UK, so when my friend came to visit we thought it would be fun to go to a live taping of the US version.

At the moment, as it's a new show over here, it is easy to get tickets.  All you need to do is go online, request tickets and someone from the show will call to confirm.  Filming takes place on Thursdays and Fridays in a studio on West 57th Street.

We were told to arrive at 9.30am for the morning taping.  We queued outside the studio with the rest of the audience while we waited to go through security.  They provided a very basic breakfast of bagels and coffee, but I would eat before hand if you are hungry.  We also saw a few people smuggling the bagels into their bags, so I'd get in there quick if you want one!

At about 10.30am we were taken into the studio and assigned seats by some of the crew.  They had a comedian to warm up the crowd and they took practice shots of the audience.  The set was a lot smaller than it appears on TV, but it was very interesting to see how things work behind the scenes and what happens when making a TV show.

Just before 11am Jeremy Kyle came out to say hello to us all.  He was very interactive and friendly with the audience, making jokes and asking questions.  Shortly after this the taping started and the show was underway.

The guests on the show were very 'interesting' and the topics were what you would expect from the Jeremy Kyle show.  It was great to see it all in action though and we really got in to it, cheering, clapping, laughing and booing in all the right places!  After the first show had ended we were given a drink and a snack and a quick loo break before the next taping.

The next show was a bit more serious and some audience members got quite upset as the story unfolded.  It was OK though, Jeremy was at hand to put us all at ease and help the family fix their problems ;-).

The taping finished about 2pm and they provided lunch for audience members wanting to stay on in the afternoon.  We had exhausted ourselves by that point though so decided to end our Jeremy Kyle experience and head off for lunch.

It was great fun watching a live taping of the show and I will be watching future episodes to see if I made it on to the small screen!  To get free tickets and for more information on the show and being an audience member visit

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